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willy
Greater union VMAX 3D cost me $48 for 2 people... I can only imagine IMAX is similar pricing.

There were enough scenes in the movie that were awesome in 3D to justify the spend: mirkwood, barrels, lonely mountain sneakery...

Do it.
Spoon
I went to Grand Cinemas and it cost me $11 each for 4 people since I have a Grand card. That thing pays itself off very quickly each year (costs $30 to get one) and is well worth having.
Fork
And if you want to go to Event and have a Telstra account, log in and go to "Thanks Movies" for $10* tickets too
* Up to $3 surcharge for 3D screening (additional $1 to purchase 3D glasses)

Stacey and I saw Gravity 3D at the Event Innaloo VMAX for $26 or something, instead of $56. Ludicrous.
Darkshaunz
Five things that would have made this movie better:

1) Cut the whole romantic subplot between drow ranger and sniper. Replace this time with ten minutes of Legolas riding an armored horse called ISILDURHÆVÉNHÅÇH deep into the Orcish formations. The horse has spiked armour and a unicorn lance on its head. It can also breathe fire and has blue glowing eyes. The mounted Legolas can be seen doing horseback archery, horseback swording and a scene where he shoots flaming arrows that his steed breathes fire on. These arrows explode furiously upon contact and we get Orcish giblets everywhere. Then there's a funny scene at the end where the horsey impales an Ork and then poops on him. It will be cute and hilarious.

2) Gandalf needs to be less old, because I was really worried for Gandalf. He is Gandalf the Goddamned Grey - and he looks like his heart is going to explode if he does anymore intense DBZ shit against Sauron. Everytime he strained himself going HNNNGHHHH against the black smoke, my heart was pounding in anticipation for the moment where he gets a nose bleed and internally hemorrhages. I also hope that Gandalf would stop using a sword and just use his chain lightning instead. You don't see Aragorn walking around with a staff casting magic missile at Helm's Deep. I can't complain because the scene reminded of when Gohan was fighting Perfect Cell, and then Vegeta did something useful at the end, helping Gohan with his beam struggle. Usually he just powers up to get killed.

3) More Peter Jackson cameos stumbling drunkenly across the set for absolutely no fucking reason. That was a really awesome drunken stumblling cameo at the first shot of the movie. This will come in handy when Peter Jackson inevitably inhales cocaine lines from the breasts of Scandinavian lingerie models, after the third movie earns him the net worth of the supreme monarch of Jupiter. The scene where Bilbo is intensely stalling for time with Smaug, have Peter Jackson stumbling awkwardly in between them. The barrel scene, have Peter Jackson stumbling into the rapids. The scene where Bilbo is in the wine cellar of the Elvish palace, have him stumbling drunkenly there. You could even make it a drinking game, man I think of everything.

4) The giant golden dwarf statue at the end of the movie needed to come to life, and then proceed to punch Smaug in his dick. Seriously, it would have been amazing. Doesn't even need to be a long and drawn out sequence. The first attack is a swift dwarven gundam kick to the shins, followed by a bear hug and a Zangief 360 degree soviet piledriver, destroying half the mountain fortress. Smaug would not die, but we can see that he is clearly distraught from having been assaulted by a mechanized liquid gold construct forged with such pristine quality. There is a moment in this fight when Smaug breathes fire into the construct, before the giant golden behemoth punches it in the mouth one last time. Unfortunately, it stops working and melts again - because of something to do with magic running out or whatever. This progresses the story because we learn that dragons can be suplexed.

5) I would have changed the ending of this movie by adding the entire third movie at the end. This would have been a really pleasant surprise to everyone thinking it was just a teaser. It would also be really great to hear the verbal cues of people that were clearly holding it in until the end of the movie. I am not sure what a hall of hundreds having their bladders simultaneously explode sounds like. It could be excellent if the start of the third movie was nothing but five minutes of a waterfall gushing violently.
willy
2/10 seems forced.

As for the Peter Jackson cameo's: did you spot Stephen Colbert in Laketown?
Vodkangel
Awesome, thanks guys!

I have just asked the friends I am staying with in Nashville to check out times at the local IMAX for next week, so I will hopefully get to see it there =)
Flap
It was a fun and epic movie in terms of action but ultimately it had so much stuff that didn't need to be in it :(

Also needed more Bilbo. I also disliked how quickly the adventurers went through Mirkwood and passed Beorn's house, its my favorite part of the book! WHERE IS MY MAGICAL SLEEPY RIVER?!

I'd give it a 8/10 though so can't be too upset :) Looking forward to part 3.
Jiminy
Flap wrote:
It was a fun and epic movie in terms of action but ultimately it had so much stuff that didn't need to be in it :(

Also needed more Bilbo. I also disliked how quickly the adventurers went through Mirkwood and passed Beorn's house, its my favorite part of the book! WHERE IS MY MAGICAL SLEEPY RIVER?!

I'd give it a 8/10 though so can't be too upset :) Looking forward to part 3.


This was exactly one thing that pissed me off about it. in 2 hours and 41 minutes of movie they were passed Beorn, mirkwood and the wood elves in 1 hour. The remaining hour and 41 minutes was filled with bulshit that was never in the books.

In the book you get the feeling that mirkwood is literally the biggest most scariest awesome forest in the universe. The movie made it feel like a ridiculous plastic set. Fangorn looked better in LOTR and I remember telling Corrine about Mirkwood when we watched LOTR the other day and bragging to her about how much bigger and more badass of a forest it was going to be in the second hobbit movie. Fuck you Peter Jackson.

I really hope they don't fuck up the war of the five armies or I may throw shit at the screen. That was my very first introduction to large scale fictional warfare and it holds a very special place in my imagination.
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